A Kiss Before Dying (1991)




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A Kiss Before Dying is director James Dearden's remake of Gerd Oswald's 1957 thriller. Jonathan Corliss (Matt Dillon) is obsessed with gaining wealth and prestige. In order to achieve his goal, he chooses the family of one particular local tycoon, Thor Carlsson (Max von Sydow) and coolly seduces Carlsson's gullible daughter Dorothy (Sean Young). When she becomes pregnant, which will force their marriage and her disinheritance, he murders her. He then searches out Dorothy's grieving twin sister, Ellen (Sean Young), in a dual role, and marries her. Unfortunately for him, Ellen, never having believed Dorothy's death to be a suicide, begins to investigate. Her investigations lead to the disclosure of Jonathan's true intentions.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Matt Dillon
as Jonathan Corliss
Max von Sydow
as Thor Carlsson
Sean Young
as Ellen Carlsson
Diane Ladd
as Mrs. Corliss
James Russo
as Dan Corelli
Sarah Keller
as Lecturer
Ben Browder
as Tommy Roussell
Virginia Leith
as Ellen Kingship
Martha Gehman
as Patricia Farren
Leslie Lyles
as Mrs. Roussell
Adam Horowitz
as Jay Faraday
Cinzia Monreale
as Lecturer
Shane Rimmer
as Commissioner Mallet
Joie Lee
as Cathy
Billie Neal
as Nurse
Briony Glassco
as Waitress
Sam Coppola
as Detective Michaelson
P. Jay Sidney
as Bellman
Nancy Herman
as Receptionist
Jim Fyfe
as Terry Dieter
Lia Chang
as Shoe Saleslady
Mollie McCart
as Annabelle
Lachelle Carl
as Reporter
Lynn Frazen-Cohen
as Elderly Woman
Yvette Edelhart
as Screaming Lady
Briony Blassco
as Waitress
James Bonfanti
as Young Jonathan
Mark Potter
as Mr. Roussell
Joy Lee
as Cathy
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Critic Reviews for A Kiss Before Dying

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Most unkindly (but amusingly), the 1992 Razzie Awards gave Sean Young both the Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress Awards for playing the twins

Full Review… | May 16, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Matt Dillon is chilling....one of the better erotic thrillers of the 90's

July 4, 2005

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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May 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for A Kiss Before Dying

An interesting movie. We know who the bad guy is, but the characters in the movie do not. Ellen can't quite believe that her sister committed suicide, and she continues investigating over a couple of years -- while meeting, falling in love with and marrying the character played by Matt Dillon. It is not quite a whodunit, but a figure-out-who-did-it. I'd like to see the original 1956 version of the movie though.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


matt's good but the film provides the questionable advantage of seeing sean young give two absolutlely terrible performances.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This truly risible thriller, a remake of the 1956 film, is rendered even worse by Sean Young who, by playing twins, is doubly dreadful.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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